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UNGA Prez commends India's contribution to UN peacekeeping

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has lauded India's contribution and "commitment" to UN operations during his meeting with of State for External Affairs M J in

Lajcak and met yesterday on the sidelines of GLOBSEC 2018 Forum, a gathering that brings together international government officials, academics and civil society, including the private sector in Slovakia's capital

"Kicked off Day 1 at #GLOBSEC2018 with a discussion on migration, sustaining peace and sustainable development, as well as regional issues, with MJ Akbar, of State of #India," Lajcak, of the 72nd session of the General Assembly, tweeted.

"I also commended him on India's commitment to @UNPeacekeeping," Lajcak said.

Lajcak's told reporters at the daily briefing yesterday that Lajcak and discussed issues like migration, sustaining peace, sustainable development, regional issues and India's commitment to

He "commended" Akbar on "India's contribution to operations", he said.

"We have never needed multilateralism more. Yet, calls for unilateralism and isolation seem to be louder than ever," Lajcak said in his opening remarks to the forum and during his keynote address at a panel on 'Multilateralism in the 'Me-First World'.

Calling for a "multilateral renaissance", he said that the multilateral system nations created can produce solutions "but only if we use it the right way".

He called for a recommitment to dialogue, which he described as "the most basic but most powerful tool in our toolbox".

is the largest cumulative troop contributor, having provided almost 200,000 troops in nearly 50 of the 71 UN peacekeeping missions over the past six decades, including 13 of the current 16 missions.

provided the first ever to UN peace operations in

The International Day of UN Peacekeepers is celebrated world over on May 29 to honour the fallen peacekeepers and to pay tribute to those who served or are still serving in UN peacekeeping missions.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 11:20 IST